Snapped a photo of the garlic bed yesterday morning after the snow.  I planted it around Halloween, and it sprouted because of the unseasonably warm fall we had: plus the warm up last week, it recently put on another few inches. Ended up putting in about 75 cloves of hardneck (i’m a huge fan of garlic scapes!), 20 cloves softneck.  that should be enough for eating and saving seed for next year’s crop.  not sure of the variety since i bought it from the farmer’s market last year and forgot to ask.

Hopefully they won’t get too much frost damage when it cools off again this season (supposed to be 20 tonight).  will definitely wait ’til thanksgiving to plant next year.


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Urban gardening at it's best (sometimes it's worst)! Adventures and learnings from going 100% lawn free in a D.C. row house.
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2 Responses to Garlic

  1. Polly Brown says:

    Hi Ryan. I love your blog. What an adventure! I’m a long time gardener here in DC (although now I only have a balcony, so gardening is limited). One comment: frost is possible in early May, so I never planted those summer veggies (tomatoes, eggplant, zukes, etc.) until the 3rd week in May. I never regretted it. Your front yard looks beautiful. Good luck.

    • Ryan says:

      thanks for the encouragement! it’s kinda weird replacing all that grass (at first), but i’ll get used to it 😉
      great point about the errant late frost: those always get me. i’m going to work on mainly two things this growing season:
      spacing and timing. i usually get too excited and plant things way too close and way too early. most of my previous gardens have been in maine or colorado, so the seasons were shorter and the plants much smaller. not so much in the hot house of DC!

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